Stream it on Netflix.
If you’re interested in the ethical and emotional issues surrounding artificial intelligence, this Netflix original is a must-see. And even if all you want is some badass action with robots, brawls, devious scientists and epic futuristic landscapes, it works. It burst onto the international scene with ‘To Busan’ and then delivered even more undead with the sprawling ‘Peninsula’ (2020). This time, Yeon is back with ‘Jung_E’. This allows for AI to have a degree of emotional sensitivity, which is rare in movies with clever wacky battles.
The starting point is a post-climate apocalypse Earth where millions of people have moved to orbiting shelters. Three of these stations attacked others, leading to decades of war and Earth now ruled by the military-industrial complex. The goal of such a company is to transfer the brain of comatose war hero Captain Yoon Jeong-yi (Kim Hyun-joo) into an exact replica to create a powerful combat android. , the project is led by Yoon’s biological daughter, Seohyun (Kang Sooyoung). “Jung_E” begins like an “Edge of Tomorrow” riff, but it soon becomes clear that Yeon is concerned with more complex issues such as the moral standards of cybernetics and the dangers of the grieving process. . This beautiful movie rewards patience and the final battle on the monorail is also great.
“Kids vs. Aliens”
Available for rent or purchase on most major platforms.
Some films proudly claim B’s legacy, as does this goofy tribute to the vibrant days of exploitation in the 1980s, nailing the style of the era. Young Gary ( You might wonder how many years it would have taken Jason Eisner to make a movie without a drone piloted by Dominic Marrish. Much to Gary’s chagrin, his older sister Sam (Phoebe Rex) joins a group of bad kids led by the handsome but psycho Billy (Karem McDonald, giving off a strong Christian Slater in “Heathers” vibes). fall into.
Just as the teens host a bacchanal Halloween party at Gary and Sam’s house, while their parents are away, the aliens decide this is the perfect time to attack. Looking like actors in rubber suits, they have underwater lairs and spew acid-green goo that kills everyone in sight. In other words, they are perfect. Add a reference to wrestling and a vintage-sounding, synth-laden score by Andrew Gordon McPherson, and you have a near-perfect study of retro silliness. suggesting.
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“Unbelievable but true”
Stream it on Arrow.
Trust prolific absurdist Quentin Dupugh (“Deerskin,” “Mandy Bulls”) to come up with comical, metaphysical time travel. Over the past decade, Dupieux has emerged as the king of French high-hi concept, low-budget comedies. Alan and Marie (Alan Shabba and Rhea Drucker) buy a house with a time-her portal in the basement. and three days younger.
Marie becomes obsessed with moving through the ducts while Alan can’t be bothered. As if this wasn’t enough for her 74-minute film, Dupieux adds a subplot in which Alain’s surly boss (Benoît Magimel) receives an electronic remote-controlled penis implant. “Unbelievable But True” never strays from its goofy, factual tone (beautifully handled by the cast) that is constantly rubbed into the absurdity of the situation, not to mention its impossibility. Score based entirely on tracks from the 1976 synth-heavy Wendy Carlos-like album Jon Santo Plays Bach.
Egypt’s Peter Mimi’s ‘Mousa’ is the same as Indonesia’s Joko Anwar’s ‘Gandala’. Both films adapt superhero tropes familiar to North American audiences to new settings and social justice consciences. Both films are rough-hewn compared to similar Hollywood productions, but it’s fascinating to see how familiar plot points manifest themselves in different contexts. Yehia (Kareem Mahmoud Abdel Aziz) is an extremely shy, disabled and brilliant engineering student. After watching a helpless thug burn his father alive in his home, a young man builds Mousa, a human-sized robot controlled via a virtual reality headset, and uses it on a crime set. Mousa tracks down traffickers who, for example, kidnap children to sell their organs to the rich.
Overall, the film is less concerned with robot-driven action – there are minimal set pieces considering the subject matter – than the people’s reaction to it, as the Egyptians welcome a new folk hero. Unfortunately, Mousa’s actions make an exception for some, and Yehia must face the corrupt authority embodied by his professor, Dr. Nassar (Eyad Nassar). Clearly, the tradition of sneaking messages about social ills under his sci-fi cover is alive and well.
Rent or buy on Amazon.
An elderly man in rural Vietnam successfully transplanted his nephew’s body. Outrageous? Just a little bit, this is a column about science fiction movies, not a guide for the Science Channel. When mild-mannered cartoonist Tam (Kuong Seung) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uncle Ma (Huang Song) transplants Tam’s head into the body of a healthy stranger. On a nice note, Tam has to wear a turtleneck to hide his large scar, making him a stylish medical miracle. His past takes over Tam’s life, as his unwitting donor Nghia (Vu Tuan Viet) was a hitman. Luckily, Nghia’s body seems to retain a certain amount of muscle memory, and Tam finds himself involved in a shady business, but also inherits an extraordinary ability of the bat-kick variety. I’m in.
Victor Vu’s film (released in Vietnam in 2017, but streaming only in the US) features several primo chases and hand-to-hand combat, but its most compelling asset is its hilariously conceived melodramatic revelation. way to continue. Forget about mixing and matching heads and bodies. Plot twists rely on family ties.